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Warning Others about Dangerous People

Radio Q&A: 20 May 2012, Question 1

I answered a question on warning others about dangerous people on 20 May 2012. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.

Should you warn others about vicious people in your community? If you know a person to be dishonest, but that person is well-regarded in your community, should you tell others in that community what you know? Does it matter if the person is in a position of authority (perhaps over an organization's finances), such that he could do a whole lot of damage? What kinds of immorality would be serious enough to warrant warning others?

My Answer, In Brief: If you know of a wolf in sheep's clothing threatening your values and your community, don't remain silent. You need to speak and act – but do that carefully.

Tags: Communication, Community, Cowardice, Ethics, Justice, Leadership


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